Venezuelan lawmakers meet to choose new leaders

January 5, 2013
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A heart-shaped mural shows an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez hugging a woman in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Chavez hasn't spoken publicly or been seen since his Dec. 11 operation in Cuba, and the latest report from his government Thursday night increased speculation that he is unlikely to attend his Jan. 10 inaugural ceremony. The message above the mural reads in Spanish; "Love is repaid with love." (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan lawmakers are meeting to select a new president of the National Assembly in a session that could give clues to the future of the country amid uncertainty about ailing President Hugo Chavez.

Just five days remain until Chavez's scheduled inauguration on Thursday and officials are suggesting the swearing-in could be delayed.

National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello opened the session on Saturday afternoon. Vice President Nicolas Maduro also attended the meeting.